Members’ Next Steps

What are the next steps for an advanced driver?

There are five (independent) options (in no specific order):

1. Become an Observer

Training will be given by GAM Observers to prepare you to become an Observer. The process starts with a Member becoming a Trainee Observer ; when qualified by an Examiner from GAM, the Trainee becomes a Local Observer. After about two years of experience, the Local Observer can request coaching to become a National Observer. The examination is conducted by IAM RoadSmart examiners and, upon qualification, means that the Observership can be taken to another Group should the Observer move to another area of the country. After about another two years, the National Observer can apply to be coached to Local Observer Assessor level, at the discretion of the Group Chief Observer. Not only can you share your love of advanced driving and help improve the standard of driving in GAM’s area, but it helps keep your own high standards up.

2. Take the Masters test

Become a Master, the highest civilian driving award, by taking the Masters course as provided by IAM RoadSmart.

3. Become a Fellow

The benefits of Fellowship and how to achieve it are described by IAM RoadSmart on the Fellows page.

4. Take the Test again with the aim of achieving a F1RST

Retake the Advanced Driving Test with some extra coaching to try to achieve a F1RST pass.

5. Take an active role in the Group.

Currently there are committee vacancies within the Group:

a) Operations Manager

Ensuring sufficient Observers are present to coach Associates on a Sunday morning and managing the expectations of both groups of people in the weeks prior to the Sunday Runs.

b) Marketing Manager

This role is to seek out opportunities to grow the membership of the Group. Activities may include (but not be limited to) negotiating with car sales showrooms to include the advanced driving course with a car purchase (new or second-hand).